ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY Orthodox Calendar 2016
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7th Sunday of Pascha. Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. Tone 6.
Fast-free period.

Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомSt. Isaac the Confessor, founder of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople (383).

St. James, monk of Starotorzhok Monastery in Galich (Kostroma) (15th c.-16th c).

St. Macrina, grandmother of Sts. Macrina, Basil the Great, Naucratius, Peter of Sebaste, and Gregory of Nyssa (4th c.). St. Venantius of Gaul, brother of St. Honoratus of Lerins (374). St. Hubert, bishop of Liege (727).

Repose of Abbot Ephraim of Sarov (1778) and Hieromonk Benedict (Ghius) of Romania (1990).

Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse

Sunday of the Holy Fathers. [Acts 20:16–18, 28–36; John 17:1–13]

   Arias began to deny the divinity of the Son of God and His oneness in essence with God the Father. The entire Church rose up against him; all believers, from all ends of the earth, unanimously confessed that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Only-Begotten Son of God, true God of true God; begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father. One would think that this unanimity was purely coincidental, but this faith was then tried by fire when the authorities and powerful of this world began to side with the Arians. Neither fire, nor sword, nor persecution could extinguish this faith, and it was immediately found everywhere among everyone, as soon as the pressure from external powers ceased. This means that it makes up the heart of the Church and the essence of her confession. Glory be to the Lord, Who preserves this faith within us! For, as long as it exists, we are still Christians, though we may not live as such. If it ceases to exist, Christianity will end.